LAURENCE FISHBURNE (Smoke) earned an Academy Award® nomination for his portrayal of Ike Turner in “What’s Love Got to Do With It.” He more recently starred as the enigmatic Morpheus in the mega-hit science fiction thriller “The Matrix,” and has reprised his role in the much-anticipated sequel “The Matrix Reloaded.”
Fishburne made his feature film debut at the age of 12 in “Cornbread, Earl and Me.” Three years later, he landed a co-starring role in Francis Ford Coppola’s Vietnam War epic “Apocalypse Now.” He later reunited with Coppola on the films “Rumble Fish,” “Gardens of Stone” and “The Cotton Club.”
Fishburne has also collaborated twice with director John Singleton on the films “Boyz N the Hood” and “Higher Learning,” receiving an Image Award for Best Actor for the latter. In 1995, Fishburne starred in the title role of Kenneth Branagh’s “Othello,” becoming the first African-American to play Shakespeare’s Moorish general on the big screen.
In October 2000, Fishburne made his directorial debut on “Once in the Life,” which he also starred in and produced. His long list of film credits also includes “Hoodlum,” “Searching for Bobby Fischer,” “Just Cause,” “Bad Company,” “Class Action,” “King of New York,” “A Nightmare on Elm Street 3,” “Band of the Hand,” “School Daze” and “The Color Purple.”
On the small screen, Fishburne recently starred in and executive produced the television movie “Miss Evers’ Boys,” for which he won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Television Movie, in addition to earning an Emmy nomination and winning an Image Award for Best Actor. He had earlier won an Image Award and garnered Emmy and Screen Actors Guild Award nominations for his work in the HBO drama “The Tuskegee Airmen.” He also won an Emmy Award for his guest appearance on the series “Tribeca.”
Fishburne has also been honored for his work on the stage. In 1992, he swept the Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle and Theatre World Awards for his performance in the Broadway production of August Wilson’s “Two Trains Running.”
DEREK LUKE (Kid) is currently receiving critical and audience acclaim for his performance in the title role of Denzel Washington’s “Antwone Fisher.” Luke also garnered the National Board of Review Award for Best Male Breakout Performance for his work in the film, which marked his feature film debut.
During the casting process for “Antwone Fisher,” Luke's determination and perseverance paid off when, as an employee at the Sony Pictures gift shop, he caught the attention of first-time director Denzel Washington and won the coveted role from among hundreds of other young hopefuls.
A native of New Jersey, Luke had come to California to pursue an acting career. Prior to “Antwone Fisher,” he had been almost a complete unknown except for small guest appearances on the television series “Moesha” and “The King of Queens.”
Following “Biker Boyz,” Luke stars opposite Katie Holmes in “Pieces of April,” for writer/director Peter Hedges. In December of last year, he was also featured in a series of Gap ads.
LISA BONET (Queenie) first came to fame as one of the stars of the long-running hit comedy series “The Cosby Show.” Bonet starred as Cosby’s daughter Denise Huxtable, later taking her role to the spin-off series “A Different World.” She was most recently seen in the telefilm “Lathe of Heaven.”
On the big screen, Bonet was seen in Stephen Frears’ comedy “High Fidelity,” starring John Cusack; Tony Scott’s thriller “Enemy of the State,” with Will Smith and Gene Hackman; and in Alan Parker’s “Angel Heart,” with Robert De Niro.
MEAGAN GOOD (Tina) won critical acclaim and earned an Image Award nomination for her starring role in Kasi Lemmons’ film “Eve’s Bayou,” opposite Samuel L. Jackson.
Immediately following “Biker Boyz,” Good will appear in two more films early this year: “Deliver Us From Eva,” starring LL Cool J and Gabrielle Union, and “Ride or Die,” opposite Vivica A. Fox. Her other film credits include “The Secret Life of Girls” and “3 Strikes.”
Born in Panorama City, California, Good began appearing in commercials at the age of four. Her later television credits include guest starring roles on such series as “The Parent ‘Hood,” “Touched By an Angel,” “Moesha,” “The Steve Harvey Show” and “The Division.” She also had a starring role on the series “Raising Dad,” with Bob Saget.